An old-fashioned Christmas in Weston

The horses were decked out in bells, ringing through the street. Photo by Donald Dill

WESTON, Vt. – The small town of Weston, home of the Vermont Country Store, the Weston Village Store, the Weston Village Christmas Shop, and the Weston Playhouse, was bustling with families in the Christmas spirit on Saturday, Dec. 2. There were plenty of activities for the whole family during the old-fashioned Christmas in Weston.

At the Vermont Country Store, folks waited for the horse-drawn wagon rides for a donation to Just Neighbors. Right outside the Country Store, Mildred’s Dairy Bar was selling hot coffees, cocoa, cookies, and doughnuts to snack on and keep warm while waiting for a wagon ride. The horses went to the Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm and back, and passengers would get a tour and hear a brief history about the quaint Weston, Vt.

Back inside the Vermont Country Store, there were samples of fudge and other snacks, and children of all ages waited patiently in line to tell Santa and Mrs. Claus what they wanted for Christmas. Moms and dads snapped photos of their little ones and wandered through the store looking at unique memorabilia.

Outside, next to Mildred’s Dairy bar, children enjoyed a small petting zoo with goats from Taylor Farm. Across the street, visitors enjoyed looking at an array of Christmas decorations for sale at the 18th century Weston Village Christmas Shop, including themed Christmas villages, stockings, and many Christmas tree ornaments. Right next door, guests could purchase all things Vermont at the Weston Village Store, circa 1891, the original country store of Weston. They were sampling cheese and fudge, while featuring Vermont attire, mugs, glasses, and other trinkets alike.

Down on the green, Christmas music played near the tree on the gazebo while youngsters were roasting marshmallows over a fire, men were log splitting, and Weston firemen were selling hot dogs. All the while, there was a magician at the Playhouse at Walker Farm, as well as “A Christmas Carol” reading, and later Santa made his way to Walker Farm to sing with the community.

Other festivities of the day included cookie decorating, museum tours at the Farrar-Mansur House and Mill, reading “The Night Before Christmas” at the Wilder Memorial Library, and a gingerbread contest. After the Christmas caroling, Santa and Mrs. Claus headed over to the green to light the Christmas tree, a finale of Christmas events that brought the community and families together in the holiday spirit.

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